And, in a bit of good news for New York fans, the Patriots have one of the worst secondaries in NFL history.
In fact, the New England defense often has Julian Edelman, a wide receiver, playing cornerback. That’s not a good sign for a Super-Bowl-bound team.
So, which of the Giants’ receivers is going to need to have the biggest impact in the Super Bowl if the Giants are going to once again pull off an upset against New England?
The answer is Victor Cruz.
Cruz has been having an outstanding season, finishing second in the NFC in both receiving yards and touchdowns. He’s been finding ways to get open all over the field and has morphed into Eli Manning’s favorite target.
Nicks is more of a deep-threat receiver and Manningham is more of a third option at most times.
But Cruz can do everything, whether it’s getting open in the middle of the field or blowing by a safety for a deep touchdown.
His versatility in replacing Steve Smith is a huge reason the Giants are in the position they are in right now. And, as good as he was in the regular season, he’s been even better in the playoffs.
He has yet to reach the end zone in the playoffs, something he’ll need to do if he’s going to help his team win the Super Bowl.
In order to win this game, Cruz is going to need to have around eight catches, 100 yards and a touchdown or two. And, as bad as the New England defense has been this season, there’s no reason Cruz can’t reach those totals quite easily.
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